1. International ships sail to Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific

    Four multinational groups of ships are transiting toward Hawaii from the eastern Pacific and western Pacific Ocean for exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, which begins June 30.

    The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) performs flight operations while en route to exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016, June 22. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Demetrius Kennon)
  2. RIMPAC exercise to bring 26 nations together in Pacific

    Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, June 30 to Aug. 4.

    In this file photo, 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation during RIMPAC 2014. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Shannon Renfroe)
  3. US Navy, Marines increase complexity, enhance cooperation during CARAT Thailand

    The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand exercise concluded June 22.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) and ships from the Royal Thai Navy break formation following the completion of a maneuvering exercise as part of CARAT Thailand. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr.)
  4. USS Spruance patrols South China Sea

    The guided-missile destroyer is on a routine patrol in the South China Sea as part of a Pacific Surface Action Group deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    Ensign James Schlup and Chief Electrician’s Mate Hector Ortiz monitor surface activity during a routine patrol in the South China Sea by USS Spruance (DDG 111). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Will Gaskill)
  5. USS Coronado to depart on maiden deployment

    The littoral combat ship is scheduled to depart Naval Base San Diego June 22 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

    USS Coronado (LCS 4) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MCC Keith DeVinney)
  6. Pacific Partnership concludes Timor-Leste mission stop

    USNS Mercy and the Pacific Partnership team departed Timor-Leste June 21 after two weeks of subject matter expert exchanges in civil-military disaster response preparedness, cooperative health engagements and engineering projects.

    Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits anchored off the coast of Timor-Leste during its first mission stop of Pacific Partnership 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Elizabeth Merriam)
  7. USS Michael Murphy sorties to conduct MEDEVAC

    The guided-missile destroyer conducted an emergency medical evacuation June 19 to assist a Sailor in need of medical attention aboard USS Shoup (DDG 86).

    Sailors assigned to USS Shoup (DDG 86) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 transport a Sailor for medical evacuation on the ship's flight deck. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Eli K. Buguey)
  8. PACFLT commander visits Korea, ‘confident US, ROK bond tighter than ever’

    Adm. Scott Swift visited South Korea June 15-18 to meet with senior leaders and express his support for Sailors and the U.S. Navy mission in Korea.

    Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, meets with Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Vice Adm. Lee, Ki-Shik, the commander of ROK Fleet, during a three-day visit to the ROK. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Wesley J. Breedlove)
  9. Timor-Leste, Pacific Partnership co-host disaster response symposium

    The five-day symposium included discussions, workshops and a tabletop exercise built around civilian and military coordination to support a collaborative, rapid response to natural disasters in Timor-Leste.

    U.S. Capt. Tom Williams, center, mission commander for Pacific Partnership 2016, addresses participants of a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief symposium during the workshop’s closing ceremony. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Lindsey E. Skelton)
  10. HSC-25 assists in recovery of distressed personnel off Tinian

    An MH-60S helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 assisted in the recovery of two persons in distress 13 miles northwest of the Northern Mariana island of Tinian, June 18.

    Aircrew from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 pose for a group photo. The aircrew assisted in the assisted in the recovery of two persons in distress 13 miles northwest of the Northern Mariana island of Tinian, June 18. From left to right: Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Jordan Hunton (Crew Chief), Lt. Amanda Lowery (Aircraft Commander), Lt. Kristin Bowen (Co-pilot), and Naval Aircrewman 2nd Ernesto Rodriguez (Aircrew Swimmer). (U.S. Navy/ADAN Guillermo Torres)

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